Riding the Waves
2008 Award Category: Times: Fourth Age and Beyond
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Frodo spends an anniversary in the waves.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 7
It always boggles my mind when such short stories carry such an impact, and this is a very good example of that kind of talent. To begin with, the descriptions are vivid and engrossing. They immediately pull the reader into the waves with Frodo, and soon the reader is body surfing along with him. Along with the descriptions, the emotions are also well portrayed. You can feel both the fear and the daring that accompanies each wave, and you can feel the excitement of getting the timing right and being able to ride higher and higher. But the true power of this story lies in its conclusion, as it reveals just when all this excitement is taking place. The significance of the date hammers home the power of the healing that Frodo has undergone, and the final notes of the story are those of relief as the reader leaves the waves behind so that Frodo can splash and play free without fear that the pain of his memories might interrupt.
Reviewed by: shirebound ✧ Score: 3
Nothing makes me happier, when reading fanfic, to know that Frodo has found peace and healing. This short scene is full of such joy, it makes me smile every time I read it. It's obvious that the author loves Frodo as much as I do, and also understands the effect the ocean can have on someone who's never experienced it before.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
Within the Undying Lands Frodo finds a wonderful way to counter the darkness he used to know on the anniversary of the day on which he was stabbed with a Morgul knife. The counter is marvelous, and the mood is expertly expressed. I find myself wishing I were there to ride the waves alongside him!
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 3
A gorgeous short piece that explores how Frodo might have spent certain anniversaries in the West - the imagery of the waves and the clear blue sky feel like a painting with words. Beautiful and peaceful.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
I love this glimpse of a joyful and exhilirated Frodo enjoying the sea in the West. Claudia has truly expressed the feeling of meeting and conquering each wave as it comes! One of my own joys in my childhood was doing this during summers at the beach, and it pleases me to think that Frodo could have had that experience as well.
Reviewed by: Antane ✧ Score: 2
Oh, how nice to see him filled with joy and laughing! Healed at last! Especially wonderful that he would be so filled on the 6th too! Thank you for this!
Reviewed by: Mews1945 ✧ Score: 2
A magical drabble that shows vividly that Frodo has healed while in the undying land. The imagery is beautiful, the emotion uplifting.
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 1
not sure i like surferboy image for frodo